2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Williams
|Full name||Annabelle Williams|
21 July 1988 |
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||60 kg (130 lb)|
|Classifications||S9, SB8, SM9|
|Club||Cranbrook Eastern Edge
Annabelle Williams, OAM (born 21 July 1988) is a Paralympic swimming competitor from Australia. She has a congenital limb deficiency. She appeared in Mad Max 4. Representing Australia, she has won a gold medal at the 2012 London Paralympic Games in the 4x100m medley relay, a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in the Women's 100 m Butterfly S9. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, she earned a silver medal in the Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 and a bronze in the Women's 100 m Multi Disability Freestyle. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, she earned a silver in the Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 event.
Annabelle Josephine Williams was born on 21 July 1988 in Sydney, New South Wales and calls Varsity Lakes, Queensland home. As a youngster, she lived in Jakarta, Indonesia, only moving back to Australia when she was ten years old. She has completed a degree in international relations and law at Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland and named Bond University Sportsperson of the year for 2007 and was a finalist for the Australian Universities Sportsperson of the Year for 2007. While attending university, she completed a six-month internship in Paris, France, where she worked for the Australian Embassy. After the 2012 Paralympics, she completed an internship in Washington DC.
Williams is missing the lower part of her left arm as the result of a congenital limb deficiency. She is 168 centimetres (66 in) tall and weighs 60 kilograms (130 lb). Before becoming a swimmer, she was involved with athletics but had to leave the sport because of a stress fracture.
Williams is an S9 swimmer and is a member of the Cranbrook Eastern Edge SC. Her main events are the 50 m, 100 m free, 50 m, and the 100 m fly. In the 50 m freestyle event, her best time is 29.42 seconds, a time she set at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Her personal best in the 100 m freestyle is 1:03.00, a time she set at the 2009 Australian Championships.
Williams competed at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne winning a silver medal in the Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 and a bronze in the Women's 100 m Multi Disability Freestyle. In 2008, she was affiliated with the Miami Swimming Club, training five days a week with coaches Denis Cotterell and Raelene Ryan. During the March 2008 Olympic Trials, she broke the 50 m butterfly world record in the morning during a semi-final and then broke it again in the evening during the event final. The 50 m event is not one she had actively trained for, because the distance was not on the 2008 Paralympic programme. At the 2008 Beijing Games, she competed in three events and won a bronze medal in the Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 event. She participated in the World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands in 2010 but did not medal. At the 2009 Pan Pacific Championship in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the World Short Course, she earned a silver medal in the 100 m fly event.
While completing her Paris internship, she trained at a local French swimming club ahead of the Commonwealth Games. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, she won a silver medal in the Women's 50 m Freestyle S9. In preparation for the 2012 Summer Paralympics, she was one of 14 Australian Paralympic swimmers to participate in a training camp start on 13 May 2012 and ending 29 May at British International School Phuket. She had already qualified for the Games as one of the top-three ranked swimmers in the world in her classification.
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